Steps in the SAP Process include:
Referral – Anyone can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about his or her behavior. Also, the student can go directly to the SAP team and ask for help. The team contacts the parent for permission to proceed with the SAP process.
Team Planning Meeting – The SAP team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student. Information is also collected from the parents or caregivers. The team meets with the parents to discuss the data collected and also meets with the student. Together, a plan is developed to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.
Intervention and Recommendations – The plan is put into action. The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community-based services and activities. The team might recommend a drug and alcohol or mental health evaluation.
Support and Follow-Up – The SAP team continues to work with and support the student and family. Follow-up includes monitoring, mentoring, and motivating for academic success.
*Source: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program
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Pennsylvania SAP: On the state level SAP provides leadership for developing a safe and drug-free environment and mental health wellness in schools and communities across the Commonwealth. Barriers to learning will be removed and student academic achievement will be enhanced through collaborative prevention, intervention, and post-intervention services.
Lancaster County SAP Coordination Team: The mission of this team is to promote quality services to all school districts and communities. The team is responsible for providing leadership, planning, management, and implementation of SAP services at the county or county joiner level. The team’s primary function is to identify training and staff development needs and assess program delivery and technical assistance needs.
School SAP Team: The core of the student assistance program is a team of school employees and community agency staff that has received specialized training from a Commonwealth approved SAP training provider. This team helps schools identify students who are experiencing behavior and/or academic difficulties, which pose a barrier to learning and success in school. Also, it offers support to those families, assists in identifying barriers to learning, mobilizes school and community resources and assists parents and students to access services.
Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission The Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission is a county government agency that serves as Lancaster County's Single County Authority. The Commission coordinates and funds substance abuse treatment and prevention programs in the county.
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) The IU 13, one of 29 intermediate units across Pennsylvania, is a regional educational agency whose mission is to assist local school districts to enhance educational opportunities. An excellent resource for those interested in in-school prevention programming.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (PA SAP) Comprised of an interagency committee; Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Welfare and Education; PA SAP provides leadership for developing a safe and drug-free environment and mental health wellness in schools and communities across the Commonwealth. Barriers to learning will be removed and student academic achievement will be enhanced through collaborative prevention, intervention, and post-intervention services.
Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) PASAP is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to address the influence of alcohol, other drugs and mental health issues that affect the welfare of our youth. PASAP is committed to providing support and networking in the areas of prevention, intervention, treatment, aftercare, ongoing support services and education to all individuals or organizations who foster this same commitment.